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PHENSA values advocacy for nursing  practice and nursing education programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

   Advocate and support funding for nursing education, faculty, and students

   Support research initiatives

   Advocate and support programs to promote educated nurses and educators

   Advocate and support policies for public health

  Advocate and promote policies supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • 03/12/2024 11:00 AM | Bethany Kopp (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2024 - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to see recommended increases to programs that support nursing education and the workforce in the Administration's proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025. Released yesterday, the proposal outlines resources for key programs impacting academic nursing within the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education.

    Read the Full Press Release

  • 02/13/2024 9:47 AM | Bethany Kopp (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 12, 2024 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce the results of its 2024 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. 

    Congratulations to Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN, Nursing Department Chair and professor with the School of Health Sciences and Education at Saint Francis University was elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors.

    Read the full announcement here

  • 01/25/2024 2:24 PM | Bethany Kopp (Administrator)

    December 14, 2023 by Dave Mason

    Members of Congress headed home for the holidays without agreeing on funding for federal nursing education and research programs or completing any of the 12 annual appropriations bills for the 2024 fiscal year that started Oct. 1. When they return to Capitol Hill in January, lawmakers will have fewer than 10 legislative days before current funding for programs under the Agriculture-FDA, Military Construction-VA, Energy and Water, and Transportation-Housing measures will end Jan. 19. 

    Two weeks later, the money for nursing programs in the Department of Health and Human Services budget will run out on Feb. 2, along with funds for other programs in the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill and seven other measures. Speaker Mike Johnson has vowed that the House won’t pass any more stopgap extensions if the appropriations bills aren’t done by then, calling instead for a full-year continuation of current funding under spending caps that would cut more than $73 billion in funding across all non-defense domestic programs.

    There has been no movement on funding for nursing programs since Republican leaders pulled their Labor-HHS-Education spending bill (H.R. 5894) from the House floor, lacking the votes to pass it. That bill would cut $19.4 million from Title VIII nursing workforce programs, eliminating funding for the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program. The Senate adjourned for the holidays without taking up its Labor-HHS bill (S. 2624) after its Appropriations Committee proposed a $2 million increase in the Title VIII programs. The NLN is continuing to urge lawmakers to pass a final fiscal 2024 spending agreement that provides no less than the Senate’s $302.47 million for the Title VIII programs and at least $197.69 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research.

  • 11/03/2023 12:38 PM | Bethany Kopp (Administrator)

    On September 28, 2023, the Pennsylvania Nurse Residency Collaborative (PA-NRC) hosted its fifth educational summit titled, You Can Have it All: Your Nurse Residency Program Return on Investment with participants hailing from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Illinois, and Tennessee. The Summit was in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (PONL) and directly preceded their Annual Nursing Leadership Conference in Harrisburg, PA.


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